New Album: SERENATA ESPANOLA
A musical tour of the Iberian Peninsula for two: for his new album Serenata Española the French harpist Xavier de Maistre has joined forces with the legendary castanet player Lucero Tena to form an exciting duo.
Xavier de Maistre is one of those internationally celebrated musicians who regularly succeed in redefining the bounds of what is possible on their chosen instrument. In addition to commissions from well-known contemporaries such as Toshio Hosokawa, de Maistre has also performed arrangements of Smetana’s Vltava, of keyboard concertos by Mozart and of the famous Concierto de Aranjuez that the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo wrote for the guitar.
Xavier de Maistre’s latest album – his sixth for Sony Classical – focuses on Spain and on works originally written for the guitar, for the piano and for full orchestra. Titled Serenata Española, it brings together arrangements of works by leading composers, including Antonio Soler, Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados. But the disc features not only solo works in which his harp dazzles and sings but also fiery duets with the legendary Mexican-Spanish flamenco dancer and castanet player Lucero Tena.
The combination of harp and castanets is a novel one. The two artists met for the first time after a concert in Madrid in 2015, when de Maistre was instantly captivated by the personality of Spain’s musical ambassador, a virtuoso performer who has previously worked with conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Plácido Domingo. As the harpist later recalled, Lucero Tena embodied “the real Spain in all its temperamental uniqueness, its grandezza, its melancholy and its energy. Our conversation led very quickly to the idea of our appearing together in concert and releasing a CD designed to illustrate and showcase three centuries of Spanish music in all of their manifold variety.”
„Gluthitze. Wenn Xavier de Maistre und Lucero Tenas Kastagnetten aufeinandertreffen, dann knistert die Luft sogar zwischen den Pausen.“ BRIGITTE 2/2018
New Album: LA HARPE REINE
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie – Conductor
Xavier de Maistre – Harp
The Triumph of the Harp!
When the young Archduchess of Austria, Marie-Antointette, arrived at the French court in 1770, amongst her luggage was a harp. Contrary to the instrument’s heralded decline, the harp was about to enjoy an unprecedented popularity and to inspire a rich and prolific repertoire, quite distinct from the concertos being composed for the keyboard. Xavier de Maistre and Les Arts Florissants are offering to take us on a voyage of discovery through this magnificent corpus, brought to life using instruments of the period in a program that is as accomplished as it is captivating, placing other names, other masterpieces in the limelight alongside the likes of Haydn (“La Reine” Symphony) and Gluck!
“Moldau: The Romantic Solo Album” contains some of the most beautiful and well-known pieces from Russia and Bohemia. The composers use their Russian roots to create their own musical language containing elements of emotionally charged joy and the unmistakable feeling of melancholy, which conjures up entire landscapes of musical sounds. With this repertory Xavier de Maistre shows the rich palette of sounds which a harp can accomplish and which is arguably his most distinctive feature.
Recorded in the composer’s hometown this album is Xavier de Maistre‘s personal homage to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Besides the popular double concerto for flute and harp, de Maistre recorded Mozart’s piano concerto in F major for the first time on the harp as well as the famous C major Sonata – also originally composed for the piano. He is accompanied by the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, one of the most renowned Mozart orchestras, conducted by Ivor Bolton.
“Notte veneziana is without doubt my most original album project so far. A selection of wonderful Baroque concerti by Venetian composers, like Marcello, Albinoni and Vivaldi – arranged for my instrument. In his famous “Winter” from the Four Seasons, the glass-like sounds of the harp create an ethereal mood astonishingly reproducing snowflakes and splintering icicles. So all these fantastic pieces which everyone knows suddenly seem fresh and new, and can be rediscovered thanks to the very special sound of the harp.”
Xavier de Maistre
Spanish Dance No. 1 (from “La Vida Breve”)
Concierto de Aranjuez [ I. Allegro con spirito; II. Adagio; III. Allegro gentile ]
Recuerdos de la Alhambra – Valses Poéticos H. 147, DLR 7:8
No. 1: Melódico
No. 2: Tiempo de Vals noble: Poco più moderato
No. 3: Tiempo de Vals lento
No. 4: Allegro humóristico
No. 5: Allegretto (Elegante)
No. 6: Quasi ad libitum (Sentimental)
No. 7: Vivo
No. 8: Presto – Andante – Tiempo de Vals (Vals No. 1 da capo): Melódico
Harp Concerto, Op.25 [ I. Allegro giusto; II. Molto moderato; III. Kadenz – Liberamente capriccioso; IV. Vivace ]
Konzert in G-Dur, Hob. XVIII:4
1. I. Allegro Moderato
2. II. Adagio Cantabile
3. III. Rondo Presto
Konzert in D-Dur, Hob. XVIII:11
4. I. Vivace
5. II. Poco Adagio
6. III. Rondo all’Ungarese
7. Variationen in C-Dur, Hob. XVII:5
8. Adagio in F-Dur, Hob. XVII:9
9. Fantaisie sur un Thème de Haydn, Op. 31
Concerto in D, RV 93 [ I. Allegro; II. Largo; III. Allegro ]
Concerto in D Minor [ I. Andante e spiccato; II. Andante; III. Presto ]
La Mandoline – Allegro
Concerto in G, Op. 3 No. 3, RV 310 [ I. Allegro assai; II. Largo, cantabile; III. Allegro ]
Adagio in G Minor
Sonata in C Minor [ I. Allegro vigoroso; II. Andante espressivo; III. Presto ]
Concerto in G, Op. 7 No. 2, RV 299 [ I. Allegro; II. Largo; III. Allegro ]
Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 [ I. Allegro non molto; II. Largo; III. Allegro ]
Carnaval de Venise – Maestoso, Grazioso e moderato